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why Husky regulators for propane meter

Unread postAuthor: explsvcookie257 » Sun Aug 09, 2009 12:43 pm

Alright so i bought a regulator off ebay very small. It was cheap like 5 bucks. My problem is is that i have to reset the regulator every shot and I am assuming that this is why everyone uses the husky regulator at home depot because it costs more an works better. I want to know can i fix this problem with my regulator or should i get the husky one or a cheaper one that works from ebay or something. thanks.
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Unread postAuthor: King_TaTer » Sun Aug 09, 2009 1:43 pm

I got the Craftsman regulator from Sears. They work well and they look much better than a Husky regulator. It cost me around $22.
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Unread postAuthor: explsvcookie257 » Sun Aug 09, 2009 2:56 pm

does it have to be reset every shot like mine does or nah.
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Re: why Husky regulators for propane meter

Unread postAuthor: jimmy101 » Sun Aug 09, 2009 3:06 pm

explsvcookie257 wrote:Alright so i bought a regulator off ebay very small. It was cheap like 5 bucks. My problem is is that i have to reset the regulator every shot and I am assuming that this is why everyone uses the husky regulator at home depot because it costs more an works better. I want to know can i fix this problem with my regulator or should i get the husky one or a cheaper one that works from ebay or something. thanks.

I would be highly suspicous of a $5 regulator. Is it actually a true regulator (basically a single or double stage diaphram valve) or is it just a flow regulator (a valve that can be easily opened part way)?

I suspect the reason many people use the Husky is just that that is what they can get at their local hardware store for cheap ($15~$20). Most hardware stores will also sell much higher quality regulators, like welding regulators, but they are much more $$$.

Do you have a part number or photo of your regulator?
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Unread postAuthor: chenslee » Sun Aug 09, 2009 3:13 pm

I use this one, I have two in service on cannons and they've worked great.

http://www.barbecue-grill-guide.com/p/bayou-classic-0-30-psi-adjustable-regulator
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Unread postAuthor: King_TaTer » Sun Aug 09, 2009 3:18 pm

I'm not sure what you mean by reset because we may not have the same type of regulator. If you have a link to yours I might be able to help. Here is a link to mine. I have the same model but in different packaging. It has a 1/4" inlet and outlet and two 1/8" ports for the gauge and plug.

A reset would require the turning of the knob or a problem internally. Do you have a valve preventing the combustion flames from reaching the regulator? A picture of your setup may be necessary as well.
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Unread postAuthor: explsvcookie257 » Sun Aug 09, 2009 4:08 pm

http://cgi.ebay.com/Mini-Inline-Air-Reg ... 1|294%3A50

That is the regulator I have by reset I mean that like It seems it only regulates flow unless i cut the flow back the pressure gauge keeps going up when i inject the propane then close the valve and open the first ball valve it just stays closed and doesn't fill the meter to 50 psi again. Hope that helps explain my problem.
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Unread postAuthor: dewey-1 » Sun Aug 09, 2009 4:38 pm

explsvcookie257 wrote:http://cgi.ebay.com/Mini-Inline-Air-Regulator-With-Pressure-Gauge-New_W0QQitemZ350223208122QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item518aee0eba&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=65%3A15|66%3A2|39%3A1|293%3A1|294%3A50

That is the regulator I have by reset I mean that like It seems it only regulates flow unless i cut the flow back the pressure gauge keeps going up when i inject the propane then close the valve and open the first ball valve it just stays closed and doesn't fill the meter to 50 psi again. Hope that helps explain my problem.


That is probably a flow valve, not a true pressure regulator!

Most true pressure regulators of that size are relief/venting type.
That can be heard as a constant air leaking sound any time it is actually regulating.

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Unread postAuthor: King_TaTer » Sun Aug 09, 2009 5:25 pm

I have never seen a regulator of that type before. I would consider retiring that one and get yourself a proper regulator. Either the one I linked or a Husky. It's worth the extra money. Good luck.
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Unread postAuthor: explsvcookie257 » Sun Aug 09, 2009 5:51 pm

Thanks you all Im just going to invest in a husky regulator.
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Unread postAuthor: D_Hall » Sun Aug 09, 2009 8:58 pm

Just to reiterate what others have said... Looking at the auction page, I would lay large sums of money that is a flow regulator, not a pressure regulator.
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Unread postAuthor: jagerbond » Mon Aug 10, 2009 12:28 am

Concoa's we offer are about the best made. They are a pressure regulator with a removable flow limiter. The flow limiter is installed so the LG will complete conversion to gas before entering the metering system.

Anodized Aluminum and Made in USA

http://ultimatespudgun.com/product_info.php?cPath=42&products_id=220
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Unread postAuthor: jimmy101 » Mon Aug 10, 2009 11:21 am

Yep, it is a flow regulator similar to this $12 digital one I have.
http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/d ... mber=98426
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You can still use it in a meter system, just not as a preset regulator. Basically it is just a valve + meter. So it's a bit more work to use but it will work
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Unread postAuthor: Moonbogg » Mon Aug 10, 2009 12:50 pm

jagerbond wrote:Concoa's we offer are about the best made. They are a pressure regulator with a removable flow limiter. The flow limiter is installed so the LG will complete conversion to gas before entering the metering system.

Anodized Aluminum and Made in USA

http://ultimatespudgun.com/product_info.php?cPath=42&products_id=220


I have to second this suggestion. I have searched and this is a good buy. I haven't seen them cheaper anywhere than your site.
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Unread postAuthor: chenslee » Tue Aug 11, 2009 11:43 am

I concur. That looks like a flow control.

There are two types of basic regulators: Relieving and non-relieving.

Relieving regulators will vent excess downstream pressure to atmosphere to maintain the set pressure. THIS IS NOT WHAT YOU WANT FOR PROPANE.

All propane regulators are non-relieving. If the downstream pressure increases, they will not vent the propane to atmosphere. A non-reliving regulator will maintain a minimum pressure, but does not prevent downstream pressure spikes.

For metering propane, flow controls are useless.

Jagerbond, are the Concoa's you sell npt tapped, or barb fitting only?
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